* Posts by Idocrase

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Microsoft kills its Euro pane in the a**: The 'would you prefer Chrome?' window

Idocrase

The browser choice screen caused me SO many headaches. Profitable ones, because most people thought it was a virus.

I got a lot of work from removing 'that firefox thing that took over my internet' as well.

I just found it irritating as it usually popped up about an hour after I had installed firefox, synced my bookmarks and logged back into all the sites I usually use. IE is a decent browser these days, I just prefer firefox.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Flying cars, submarine cars – Elon Musk says NOTHING is beyond him

Idocrase

The dude might as well just go right ahead and change his name legally to Tony Stark.

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Sat comms kit riddled with backdoors for hackers – researcher

Idocrase

Robco Industries Unified Operating System

Copyright 2075-2077 Robco Industries

-Server 1-

>Enter New Positioning Data

>Decrypt Coordinates: Satcom Array NW--07

>Decrypt Coordinates: Satcom Array NN-03

>Upload 'Highwater Trousers' activation

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Google lets wannabe Glass Explorers ADMIRE THEMSELVES in their own mirrors

Idocrase

Re: To imagine

A screwdriver?! Nah. I bet the ports were never damaged by Google at all, they just sent out sets that have been returned by the user as 'Not working for some reason, the charger doesn't fit right, I tried wiggling it but it just made a burning smell'.

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'The Mystery of the Martian Doughnut' solved by NASA sleuths

Idocrase

What I don't understand is why they didn't include some sort of dry-wipe mechanism for the solar panels on Opportunity.

A swiffa cloth would have done the job!

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Google, Foxconn team to build ROBOT ARMY

Idocrase

[C]ybernetic [L]ife-f[o]rm [N]ode

http://media.battlestarwiki.org/images/thumb/e/ef/U-87-Cyber-Combat-Unit.jpg/640px-U-87-Cyber-Combat-Unit.jpg

Just saying. Didn't Graystone start out as a network communications company that then developed a glasses/visor type VR device and then moved into robotics?

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

Idocrase

Re: That was an epic fight????

Yeah, totally a virgin living in him Mums basement: http://kotaku.com/the-extraordinary-mischievous-too-short-life-of-sean-481060252

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El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

Idocrase

I prefer the line of FINE adapters and connectors marketed by these chaps. Best part is, thanks to the handy photos. they are easy to make yourself!

http://www.fiftythree.org/etherkiller/

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

Idocrase

Re: Backfiring Logic

Aliens, conspiracies around microwave beams and chips in people's heads, were all invented by a cabal of tinfoil barons in order to sell more tinfoil.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

Idocrase

Shut the BBC down, sell the assets to whoever wants them, refund the tax-payers what they've been extorted out of.

We don't need the BBC. If you think the BBC is the 'most wholesome' broadcaster for your children, then don't let your children watch TV. Teach them to read, or ride a bike, play outside, or heaven forbid, spend time with them as a parent instead of relying on TV to keep them quiet.

I deeply resent paying for a service I do not use and never intend to use. We don't even watch freeview, the ariel is not connected, my TV does not receive ANY channels over the air. And yet, because I own a decoder, I _must_ under UK law have a TV license?

Bollocks to that.

My TV is there to display content from DVD's, bluerays and computer games. *IF* there is something worth watching on some channel, guess what? It gets streamed. And no, not from iPlayer.

The News services are politically biased, the documentaries socially biased, the nature shows are 40 year old repeats that they used to show in Geography classes in school, and from what I can see, everything else is either about boring people in east london, or boring people in period costume.

The only things I might consider paying for (as in box-sets or one-off purchases) are Doctor Who and Top Gear. And really, those should be allowed to die anyway. The world would not be a worse off place without them.

If they want to go to ad-based then sure, that's cool, I don't mind. The running time of an advert break is around the length of time required to get a fresh cup of tea.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Idocrase

Next thing you know, they're going to be confiscating watches at the door...

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

Idocrase

So, from reading the comments, no-one seems to be aware at _all_ of the massive, pre-existing, cash-in-sweaty-hands market for EXACTLY this kind of thing?

People pay money for porn (hard to believe but true), and there is demand for: POV sex (where the viewer can then imagine they are the ones ploughing the stretch-marked, disease riddled whore the production crew picked up that morning), and an equally massive, and arguably growing, market for amateur porn.

Glass will bring the two together in one sweaty, sticky, groping, lube filled cojoining, which after a few months, will start to earn certain people a metric fuckton of money.

Laugh at the 'glassholes' if you will, the people writing this app are going to make themselves a fortune from this, and technologies like it.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

Idocrase

Thorntons diabetic toffees are a favourite for this too. I've had stomach bugs that have caused less of a laxative effect than half a 50g bag of diabetic toffees.

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

Idocrase

Re: Wake Me Up

Or just port the existing 3d meshes from the videogame

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Oi, bank manager. Only you've got my email address - where're these TROJANS coming from?

Idocrase

I really do NOT envy the person who has the legitimate version of one@one.com email address. I use that for every bit of spam-bait nonsense I run across. Gmail's spam filters eat everything else.

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Factories are too DULL for Google's robo-dreams: Behold the GATAMAMs

Idocrase

Google is a matter of a couple decades from producing a device very much akin to the Holoband... (http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Holoband) - If that's not an evolution of Google Glass I dunno what is.

Now it's buying up ROBOTICS companies?! Lets see, Robot butlers and omnidirectional wheels - http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/Serge

Uh. Huh.

They're working on military contracts people. And bugger me, if it's not Terminators, it's gonna be frakkin' Cylons!

http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/U-87_Cyber_Combat_Unit

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

Idocrase

Well, I don't see a military preparing to deploy new defense systems on a modern battlefield.

I see a military desperately trying to field test advanced point-defence systems for starships, because they know the invaders are coming.

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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

Idocrase

Wouldn't be the first time BT 'accidentally' buggered up Sky's services, bear in mind, it's Openreach that manage all of Sky's telephony hardware... And BT have been getting REAL aggressive lately towards Sky.

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Payday loan firms are the WORST. Ugh, my mobe's FILLED with filthy SPAM

Idocrase

I just forward all spam messages to 7726, or 87726 for Vodafone. I don't get many as it is, and the spam numbers get blacklisted off the network.

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Billionaire vows to turn 007's Lotus Esprit into actual SUBMARINE CAR

Idocrase

Okay, someone persuade this guy to buy a DeLorean already. I call dibs on the first hoverboard he brings back with him.

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So, Linus Torvalds: Did US spooks demand a backdoor in Linux? 'Yes'

Idocrase

This is good, I like this.

How long until someone figures out, or leaks, the nature of these supposed backdoors? If there *IS* a backdoor in a piece of software, and someone is sufficiently determined to find it, it will be found, and exploited, and then the guns are no longer merely in the hands of law enforcement...

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

Idocrase

Re: The science behind Doctor Who?

Spitfires in space formed the basis of around 98% of my childhood playground games. When that episode aired, my jaw hit the floor. Dr Who had READ MY MIND and put it onscreen and I was never happier.

The other stuff you mention, yeah, a bit naff.

But if ANY aircraft could stand up to Daleks, then you better f*cking BELIEVE it would be spitfires!

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Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

Idocrase

This is why everyone should learn to mod phone OS's. I've been on 4.3 since a few days after it was released thanks to the chaps at XDA developers.

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

Idocrase

Let them tailor ads to me - I only 'like' news articles and humorous stuff, and my photos are cross-posted from Flickr (which has it's issues sure but at least doesn't try to assume my copyright).

I rarely see adverts online. When i do see them, I know it's time to update Adblock.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

Idocrase

Re: In the UK

At which point I tell you to move out the way of my teamviewer window, because, as I care nothing for you, I have in fact not recorded any video or even still images of you.

I would at that point however, for the purposes of crime prevention, (and feeling justifiably threatened by some strange old guy ranting and mumbling about something he clearly has little understanding of) BEGIN recording in order to retain evidence which may be required, in the event you decide to get violent, to prosecute you. And as part of initiating such a recording I would be required to voice-activate the recording function, alerting you, and anyone else, that a recording was taking place. Such recording alerts are already required in smart devices, Glass merely makes that alert even more obvious.

Troglodyte.

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Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

Idocrase

I thought it was the Dals that were evil, the Kels were the humanoid ones hanging out in the petrified forest? Or am I misremembering the third episode?

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Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

Idocrase

Re: Avast and Lookout

Avast is designed to be able to survive a factory wipe, if you set it up right and use Cyanogen or one of it's derivatives.

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Verizon offers Motorola mobe with 48-HOUR battery life

Idocrase

Back when I still had my very first Android phone (Xperia Mini Pro - the first one), I could easily get 3 days out of it, with moderate to heavy use. Of course this involved rooting, ripping out junk apps, downclocking and restricting the CPU to half it's normal power and speed, and shutting down all radios except basic GSM when not in use.

But the result? 3 days of use (switching on GPS and 3G as REQUIRED), and heavy text messaging, and a comfortable 4-5 days if I just left it the hell alone (I got really involved in a computer game that week, it only got used as an alarm clock the entire time).

And now? With my Galaxy S2, when it was new, I was lucky to squeeze 2 days of similar use with similar modifications. It once bounced off 3 days when I hadn't used it at all, but it was only 72 hours and 3 minutes. Just pulling up the battery monitor was enough to knock it out. And from what I can tell, it's getting WORSE. My average now with the S2 and a 2 year old battery is 12 hours normal use, although I got 24 hours out of it this week because I was stripping wallpaper and left it sitting in the other room untouched.

The newer the phone it seems the lower the battery life. I saw an advert not long ago BOASTING about a 10 hour battery life! WTF?

If Motorola are trying to get a handset out with a decent battery in it, I applaud them. I doubt real-world numbers will be as big, but it's a step in the right direction.

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

Idocrase
Unhappy

Re: Science Fiction is HAPPENING!

Which is why I qualified my statement.

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Idocrase

Yesss! Science Fiction is HAPPENING!

Seriously, crystals have been part of Sci-fi for decades.

Adding this one to my list of cool sci-fi things that are on the brink of being real, or are so already, along with the Sabre engine, Google Glass, rail guns, Ion drives, energy shields (see the magnetic shielding systems Nasa wants for a Mars effort), power armor/loaders/exoskeletal suits, fusion power, autonomous robots, and neurally controlled artificial limbs...

So excited to be living in this century. This stuff has been hinted at in the past, but always 'Decades away' and now, we caught up. It's happening.

All we need now is a breakthrough in artificial gravity and we can get off this rock once and for all!

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El Reg encounters mObi: R2-D2 for retailers

Idocrase

Ohh, oh no, nononono... I know where this is going and it is NOT going to end well...

"All this has happened before. All this will happen again." - It IS true. We are on the brink of having immersive virtual reality glasses (Oculus Rift, Google Glass etc), we have robots like this thing that look EXACTLY like Serge (http://singularityhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/serge-housebot.jpg), and meantime there are projects underway to build spaceplanes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skylon_%28spacecraft%29) whose engine technology resembles the engines of every sci-fi atmospheric craft, but mostly those of Vipers and X-Wings...

I am just waiting for Nasa to announce finding the wreck of a giant starship drifting out beyond the Sun, or some archeologist to find the rusted remnants of a dropship style craft buried under Antartica or something, which carbon dating shows to be around 150 millenia old.

Because trust me, we are going to NEED hyperdrives pretty soon, if we keep going the way we are.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_L4RtU1iRg

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Idocrase

One vote for hacking the damn thing and setting up pirated music stations on every train. I despise adverts, partly because of the intrusiveness, but mainly because advertisers are assuming I'm stupid. And that REALLY rankles.

If I want to find something, I'll go look for it. I don't need to be informed of it every time I open a browser window, switch on the TV or fall asleep on a train! I know where to get stuff cheap, it's called 'Shipped from China', on Ebay, and if i want cheap television programs, I know where to find the Pirat... Um. The phone to purchase the appropriate TV service.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

Idocrase

Er no, I meant what i said. XP is an OS which has outlived it's time. 7 will now outlive it's time, because no-one wants 8 or 8.1 - It is in fact 8 and 8.1 which is the new Vista.

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Idocrase
FAIL

Uhh, Skydrive is INTEGRATED now?

No. Just no, feck RIGHT of M$.

I use Dropbox, for various reasons, mostly being that I can store my entire My Documents folder in there and sync my important stuff like game saves and my CV across any PC or laptop I use.

However, Dropbox is an inoffensive little bit of software that does what I want and doesn't mess with anything else.

Skydrive on the other hand, ACTIVELY interferes with random files and causes certain software to CTD with either no warning, or simply refuses to allow the software to run at all because it's screwing around with my files.

I had high hopes for 8.1, I thought maybe, just maybe, M$ had learned, restored the Start Menu to something useful, left off the crapware...

Bad enough when installing some piece of M$ software like Movie Maker foisted you with all the OTHER Live crap even when you told it not to install it all, now they expect me to take Skydrive, which I REALLY do not want, pre-installed, as well as a UI where Searching is the only practical way to find where your software went?

Congrats M$, you just turned Windows 7 into the new Windows XP. If Linux actually ran my games and did what I wanted without me needing to screw around for six hours with emulators just to play 10 year old games at half speed, I would switch to it. I really would...

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

Idocrase
Devil

So, North Korea, one of three or four possible candidates for kicking off World War 3, is studying Hitler's writings for inspiration... Incompetent leading the incompetent springs to mind.

Although...

I can't help but wonder if the Nazi fighting machine of the 1940's were to be suddenly brought forward in time... No question Nato alone could probably take them apart in a couple weeks, and that would mainly involve reloading. However...

Would 1940's Germany be able to take Modern Day North Korea in a stand up fight? Sure Norks have nukes, but the Nazis had jets that weren't just airfix models photoshopped into a dodgy background.

Oh my fucking god monkeyballs, I want to see that movie now. Someone needs to kickstarter this fucker, 'Nazis vs Norks!'

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1-in-10 e-tomes 'are self-published'... most are 'rubbish' says book ed

Idocrase

You find a lot of them on Amazon's ebook site. Fifty pages of self-insertionist, half pornographic, coverpage ripped from an MMO and shoved through a photoshop filter dross which must be waded through to find the odd nugget of gold.

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Doctor Who? 12th incarnation sought after Matt Smith quits

Idocrase

Re: 12th?

More than 13 is POSSIBLE just inadvisable according to WHo lore. The master was up to 15 or 16 at least.

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Finally – mind-controlled limbs without brain surgery

Idocrase

Stick google glass on him and...

build a sword into the thing... http://blackmannrobin.com/wp-content/uploads/image_2076.jpg

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

Idocrase

They would find the carts on day three, after two and a half days of Neolithic and Roman finds, and one anomalous Victorian coal cellar, despite being in the USA.

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Industry execs: Network admins an endangered species

Idocrase

Re: Humans, the weak link.

As a long-term EvE Online player, 'Adapt or Die' is a personal mantra now. I'll adapt. It's the same thing that set off the Luddite movement, now we're facing the fact that as technology improves, certain skills will go by the wayside, and a neo-techno luddite movement could spawn.

The way to survive it is to learn new skills.

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Boffins' brilliant plan: CONCRETE COMPUTERS

Idocrase

This could work. Cement is largely sand after all, and sand = silicon, and silicon is a semiconductor. I cannot fathom how they deal with the quicklime and other stuff that gets added, but hey, if it could be made to work...

Plus now, I want a concrete computer case. It would only be slightly heavier than my current one, and i could tuck it into a slot in the wall when I don't need it.

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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

Idocrase

I said it two years ago, when EA started issuing single use codes with it's new sports titles. The writing is now officially on the wall, high street retailers are dead.

The companies might survive, if, they ditch all high street stores and staff immediately, and switch to a purely online model. Which is how PC game publishers survived - everyone wants a piece of the Steam pie, and Steam succeeded because retail stores could no longer sell pre-owned PC games because they all came with single use codes,

Essentially, Microsoft just legitimized the loss of thousands of jobs worldwide, and the destruction of dozens of companies who WON'T make the jump in time.

But don't blame Microsoft. EA started it, as did a few other publishers, M$ are just following the lead, I fully expect Sony will have the same plan in place.

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Marks & Sparks accused of silently bonking punters over the tills

Idocrase

It should be obvious.

ANY wireless technology, can, under the right circumstances operate at vastly greater ranges than advertised. often in fact, the advertised range is downplayed, Bluetooth for example only advertised as good for up to 15 feet - while I know for a fact, I can be 30 or 40 feet away in the garden with my bluetooth headphones on, and my phone sitting at my computer still sending the tunes quite happily.

That NFC work further away than expected comes as no surprise, and there needs to be some form of warning system put up. Similar to how there used to be signs in libraries warning you to keep your credit cards away from the check in desk because the magnets could wipe them.

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Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

Idocrase

So, people are scred of GG because it might mean more target adverts for them?

Pff, install Adblock for Android, go about your day without seeing any more ads than are already plastered all voer the damn place.

Oh wait... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22166419 <- No ads allowed on Glass. SO bang goes that whole argument even if you are too lazy to bother with adblock.

Or is it people are afraid of being covertly recorded?!

http://cyclops.sunderland.ac.uk/view/index.shtml

http://205.167.90.185/view/viewer_index.shtml?id=1077

http://131.156.107.87/view/index.shtml

Random examples from a VERY large sample selection, available from ANY web browser and ANY search engine. Targeting YOU might be trickier, but given time i expect it would become possible to track an individual within a certain area.

Google Glass is not the problem. Belief that only the good guys spy on you is.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

Idocrase

Yeah, I was skeptical of the 'printed gun' thing.

In the UK it's not really a threat cos where the crap do you get bullets from in any case?

The November mass-sale of explosives makes it pretty easy to make rudimentary pipe-bombs though. I'd much rather see a ban on fireworks than a ban on a 3d printed item you can only make if you have £1500 to spend on a 3d printer, and if you have THAT kind of spending money, you can easily afford to get yourself a real gun. With bullets.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

Idocrase

What's the big damn deal?

Apple and Sky can go die in a fire, they're crap, for different reasons but both still offer too little for what they cost (Apple takes your soul, Sky takes your dignity, both take your money).

So the alternative? Wait a year for it to reach British TV? Erm, no ta.

Yeah, we acquire the episodes in a less than legal manner. But by the same token, we also have both box sets, and will be getting the other box sets when they EVENTUALLY get released. HBO wants more money from the product? Release the damn box sets a month after the season ends, instead of a week after the new season STARTS.

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

Idocrase

That sounds like a complicated way of getting it to work, I always just use http://www.dejavu.org/emulator.htm when I want to muck about with antique browsers...

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Human rights groups rally humanity against killer robots

Idocrase

Because training humans to kill other humans, then sending them into civilian populated areas armed with high explosives, depleted uranium shells and the attitude that all the natives are terrorists, always ends well...

At least a machine would be able to recognize the difference between a Reuters photographer and a guy with a rocket launcher.

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Google's Page drops the A-bomb: Google Glass runs Android

Idocrase

Re: oh great

Yeah cos it's googles fault manufacturers are too damn lazy to update their devices.

What version of android are the Nexus devices running again...? Oh yeah, at least 4.1 (with the exception of the Nexus One, which doesn't have hardware support for later versions)

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